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  1. Great article. I went “under” by a week… Same thing, different story. I think your thoughts are spot on.

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  2. Yes, thank goodness for midwives that aren’t rigid to the 40 week mark. First baby induced at 39 weeks, then the next three were born after the “due date”, 2 of them by 10 days. It was hard to wait, but I definitely saw the difference in how they reacted to life outside the womb versus the firstborn.

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  3. I am three days “overdue” with baby number 3. I was 5 days and 9 days late with the first two so I knew that this would come. I had already been changing the date in my head but it is still stressful to handle all the questions and deal with the emotions. My cycle length and calculating ovulation contribute to my off dates. My babies are never overly large, 7 lbs. 10 oz. and 8lbs. 6oz. And they come naturally and perfectly healthy. This baby will come in time! I do think that the push to get the babies out is unnessacary and leads to extra interventions.

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  4. Great post! I’ve gone to my due date once and past my due date once (and my first was 8 days early). I was 2 days shy of 42 weeks with my 3rd! I think it was a combo of miscalculated due date, stress and fear. 🙂 I had an acupuncture treatment and 36 hours later–after only 3.5 hours of labor–she was born!

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  5. My first two births were both hospital induced at 12 & 22 days, both ended in c-sections because neither my body nor the baby were ready. Even at 22 days my last baby was only 8lbs 1oz and had NONE of the “over due” symptoms. This pregnancy I’m not in any rush since I have a history of healthy, happy babies that like to wait. Grateful to have a midwife that believes in me and my body being able to do what it was made to do!

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  6. While your intentions are good, and your article begins with the clarification that post-due does not start until after 42 weeks, I think trying to “troubleshoot” going past the due date (40 weeks) feeds into the fear surrounding post due-date, rather than helping people learn that it is perfectly normal and of no concern. Once a woman is past her due date, every day seems like a week, and it’s easy to let fears of something wrong to creep in. So making the point of the article being providing reasons why people go past due dates may be self-defeating. The foremost point is that 38-42 weeks is the due date, not 40 weeks on the spot. Going past 40 weeks is natural, normal, and usually GOOD (for baby and oftentimes for an easier birth)!

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  7. What a fantastic article! I wish that I could have read it while with was pregnant with my first two. My daughter was 5 days early, and my son was 11 days early. I have a shorter menstrual cycle, and I now wonder if that was part of my kids early arrival. My midwife always jokes with me that I grow them and birth them quick. I had no fear at all to birth either of my babies. My labor with my first, my daughter, was 8 hours total and under 2 hours total with my son. I wonder now if my own psychology played a part in the early arrival of my kids. Either way, they were diffidently born on time! Both were covered in vernix, my daughter was 8lbs and my son was a whopping 9lbs 13oz!!!!

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